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Van Rooyen gets 1 week suspension for high tackle on Gelant


There was plenty of talk since Saturday on Bulls prop Jacques van Rooyen red card he received for a dangerous tackle on Warrick Gelant.

The discussions went 50/50 down the middle in those that thought it was too severe and those that thought the call was correctly made by referee Jacobs.

Here is the best angle on the hit

Most people got upset because TMO Rasta Rashivenge looked long at the tackle and then suggest that it was dangerous and that Jacobs must consider a yellow card.

A few angles shown that the hit was rather the shoulder than neck/head area.

Jacobs then started to use the framework as per World Ruggby regulations upon which Rasta answered all as yes which forced Jacobs to issue a red card to Van Rooyen.

Van Rooyen appeared in front of a SA Rugby disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, where the disciplinary committee decided that the tackle was an ‘entry-level’ offence and therefore reduced the two-week ban to just one week.

This means that Van Rooyen will not be available for Saturday’s match between the Bulls and Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

There was also a meeting held which looked the way the incident was handled between referee AJ Jacobs and TMO Rasta Rashivenge.

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